Jamestown, N.Y. – For many in our region, the weekend after Memorial Day is reserved for relishing the great outdoors with fellow nature loves at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.
This year’s Pilgrimage on the weekend of June 1-3 marks its 60th happening at Camp Allegany in the Red House area of beautiful Allegany State Park.
Since its founding by Gib Burgeson of Jamestown, this event has been a cooperative presentation of Allegany State Park and volunteers from the Audubon Community Nature Center (Jamestown), Buffalo Audubon Society, Rochester’s Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, and Erie’s Presque Isle Audubon Society.
Allegany State Park is comprised of more than 60,000 acres that abound with plants and animals. This annual outdoor weekend in combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities, welcoming both the seasoned naturalist and the inquisitive beginner.
Close to 700 people are expected to participate this year, and each family will go home with a gift bag.
A variety of naturalist-led nature walks, lectures, and programs begin Friday afternoon, June 1, and continue through Sunday morning, June 3. The more than five dozen offerings cover subjects including owls, salamanders, nature journaling, bugs by nightlight, cell phone nature photography, fairy houses, a family folk concert, a fossil hunt, butterflies, mushrooms, wildflowers, and so much more. Presenters come from all over western New York and beyond.
The Big Tent program Friday evening is “Today’s Office” by Sharon Stiteler, aka “The Bird Chick.” Saturday is “Dinosaur Day with Paleo Joe” by Joe Kchodl.
For extensive and insightful stories about the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, search for “New York State Conservationist February 2018” online or go directly to dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/0218consmag4web.pdf and begin on page 18.
For all the details and to register, visit alleganynaturepilgrimage.com